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New York Hospital Treats Celebrities First

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell emergency room has a reputation for admitting and treating injured or ill celebrities swiftly and with extra care — ahead of the "regular" people who arrived first and often have to wait hours  for medical care. Such medical negligence may be harmful to “regular” patients who have to wait to be treated for their serious injuries. 

Medical Negligence has Not Gone Unnoticed

Anonymous ER staffers have told the press that the hospital fast-tracks both the well-known and the big donors to the hospital for their medical needs, while others are left to wait to be seen by ER personnel. As one staffer put it, "The celebrities get seen right away…and other people don't get treated as soon because of that." 

Pop Star Gets Preferential Treatment

A typical example is the 2004 injury of singer Britney Spears. She received a minor injury while making a music video at a New York City location, and she was taken to the New York-Presbyterian ER. She was examined immediately, and an MRI was ordered — even though an MRI is not normally conducted as part of any ER visit. A non-celebrity with the same twisted-knee injury could expect to wait for hours to see a doctor, then perhaps undergo a CAT scan. 

NFL Player Gets More

In another case, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress got the star treatment at the same emergency room last weekend. He arrived with a relatively minor self-inflicted gunshot wound in his thigh, and not only was he seen ahead of other patients; an attending physician did not contact the police about the gun wound — as is required by hospital rules in emergency rooms across the U.S. 

Burress was apparently carrying a concealed and loaded .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun at a New York nightclub when he accidentally shot himself. The attending physician at the New York-Presbyterian ER was fired for her ethics lapse. 

(Source: New York Daily News)

If medical treatment at an ER was delayed for you or your family member, contact us to schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in your area to discuss your legal rights.

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